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Black and German: Filming Black History and Experience

Black and German: Filming Black History and Experience

Chapter:
(p.234) Chapter 13 Black and German: Filming Black History and Experience
Source:
Africa in Europe
Author(s):
John Sealey
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781846318474.003.0013

In this chapter black British filmmaker John Sealey gives an account of the research and thinking that lay behind his short film about a French African soldier taken prisoner by the Germans in World War Two. The chapter reflects on his own practice in representing the black subject and linking historical and contemporary themes, against the background of a critical account of the ways in which black subjects have been represented in narrative cinema. It argues for the value of a surrealist technique in forcing audiences to reflect on the seeming paradox of the Black German.

Keywords:   cinema, surrealist, World War Two, French African, Black German

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